Thanksgiving this week was a much needed day for many missionaries. We were able to spend a little bit more time around members and talk to them about the building of the ward and how we can be of the most help and support. One of the coolest things to see this time of year is the praise and thanks that people give to God that they normally would not give... as if God is only watching and helping us this time of year. And the goal as missionaries is to help people see that this is a feeling of peace and hope that they can feel all year round for the rest of their lives. Christ can be a part of us all the time no matter where we are and that is one of the biggest blessings to have. I hope that all of us can see how to be more spiritual throughout this season but then to also see how to become more spiritual once this season passes.
We had a pretty fun dinner last night where the member we were going to eat with invited 3 of our investigators as well and I don't know that I've been to such a lively dinner before. Everyone was talking, investigators were sharing past life stories, we shared a message, the food was great, the member asked a question that led to our investigator keith talking about when he attempted suicide and then he changed his life after that and now his main goal is to love and serve God. There were just a lot of interesting stories shared at that table last night. But the cool part was that because we were in a Christ centered home the spirit took over even in the hearts and minds of the investigators. There were such tender moments when people would all of the sudden notice what they were feeling to be the spirit and they would express their desire to feel that more often! I love being able to be a part of so many different peoples lives while they make these critical decisions in their lives to follow Christ and give up portions of their worldly habits to give place for holy habits and righteous routines.
I know that Christ is at the head of everything we do as long as we are listening to the spirit. The spirit will not lead us astray. I love you all so much and I pray that you may stay strong through anything that may be thrown your way.
Love, Elder Cluff
Love, Elder Cluff